Traditionally March is the start of the lawn care calendar. Depending on the weather you normally start mid March with the mowing. This year, 2017, March is turning out to be quite wet, so it’s probably going to be a bit tricky, to pick the right time to mow. If you grass is dry enough, it really needs a couple of days of dry weather and a bit of a breeze, it’s worth getting the mower out and giving the grass the once over. Just make sure you use the mower on quite a high setting.
Lawn Care Tips
Scarifying your lawn is quite an important process, it removes all the thatch and unwanted debris from the base of the grass encouraging new growth once the weather and soil start to warm up.
It can be carried out in spring(March/April) or autumn(September) although it is very weather dependent. After scarifying the grass needs time to recover and if the weather is too cold in autumn it will open it up for being very muddy and so disease prone over the winter period. In March/April if it went really dry and warmed up early.
The best way I have found to compost lawn cuttings is to place them in a wooden compost bin, alternating layers between grass and soil. Depending on how much grass you have you may need a couple of bins in use. When I had a small garden I used a plastic dustbin, with holes drilled in the bottom.
It doesn’t matter what you use, the process is the same, a layer of soil in the bottom, then a 150mm-250mm layer of grass cuttings, then another layer of soil. This soil layer only has to cover the grass, 50mm is enough, and then another layer of grass.
1. In Derbyshire (UK) compaction is a big problem, the ground is full of clay so aeration is a vital process to help the health of your lawn. This can be done twice a year if necessary, to radically reduce compaction. March/ April time and October/November, are the best times to carry this out if the ground conditions are suitable.
I had to replace a wooden fence post, that had gone rotten at the bottom. In the past I have always dug the concrete base out, but this is very hard going and also creates a huge hole that then needs back filling and compacting.
I did a bit of research, for how to replace a fence post without digging, what would we do without google!, and came across the solution. This is by the use of a high lift jack and chains. It went really well, it allowed me to raise the concrete out of the hole without making the hole any bigger apart from at the top to allow me to get the chains around the top of the concrete.